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Upper Goyt Valley Walk – Saturday 11th March 2017

15 of us met at the Derbyshire Bridge Hikers car park, near the Cat & Fiddle, and set off on a 7½ mile walk, led by Paul, over undulating terrain with a total ascent of 1400 feet. The route included a minor road, stony tracks (one being the old turnpike road between Macclesfield and Buxton), open moorland and the former track of the Cromford and High Peak Railway.

This was completed in 1831 to carry minerals, especially limestone and goods between the Cromford Canal at Cromford Wharf and the Peak Forest Canal at Whaley Bridge. The last section of the line was closed in 1967.

The open moor was reached by a short but steep ascent from where excellent views of the Goyt Valley and its two reservoirs where to be had.

As ever we expressed our gratitude to Robert for his efficient co-ordination of the group and the encouragement he gives to walk leaders.

Paul A.

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